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Herrett Center for Arts and Science
Established 1980
Location College of Southern Idaho campus, 315 Falls Avenue, Twin Falls, Idaho, USA
Director Teri Fattig
Website [

The Herrett Center for Arts and Science, located on the main campus of the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls, Idaho, USA, is a museum of anthropology, astronomy, and art. The museum's collections primarily comprise anthropological artifacts and natural history specimens from the Americas, as well as works of local artists. The Center also houses the Faulkner Planetarium, the Centennial Observatory, a small non-lending library, a museum store, and a 2900 square foot (269 square meter) multi-purpose room.

Museum Galleries[edit]

The museum exhibits a variety of anthropological artifacts, ethnographic items, and natural history specimens, primarily from the Americas. Notable among them is the Simon Clovis cache of over thirty stone bifaces found in Idaho in 1961[1], and a replica of the Huntington Canyon Mammoth, a nearly-complete Columbian mammoth skeleton unearthed in Utah in 1988[2]. The Jean B. King Gallery of Art offers several exhibits per year, including annual student and faculty exhibits.


The Faulkner Planetarium opened in November, 1995, as the largest planetarium theater in Idaho, seating 144 under a 50' (15.2 m) dome. When first opened the theater featured one of the first Evans & Sutherland Digistar II digital graphics projectors, 49 random access slide projectors, three video projectors, and an 11,500 W sound system. An upgrade to an Evans and Sutherland Digistar 5 fulldome video system, LED cove lighting, a Dolby 5.1 surround sound system and an Astrofx theater control system took place in the fall of 2013. Programs are offered for school groups and the public throughout the year.


The Centennial Observatory opened in May, 2004, as the largest fully wheelchair accessible public telescope in the world (since superseded). It houses a 24" (0.6 m) f/8 computer-controlled, equatorial fork-mounted telescope under a 20' (6 m) dome, as well as a number of smaller portable telescopes. Viewing opportunities are offered throughout the year to both the public and school groups.


The museum began in the 1950s from the avocations of Norman Herrett (1904-1979), owner/operator of a Twin Falls, Idaho jewelry store. Herrett's astronomical interests led him to construct a small building behind the store with an observatory on the roof and a home-built planetarium on the ground floor. He also built a room adjoining the store to exhibit the anthropological artifacts he collected on trips through the Americas, and later, the works of local artists. The Herrett Arts and Science Center, as it was known, featured an eclectic blend of exhibit styles, including a number of interactive displays with motorized action. The planetarium featured a variety of purpose-built projectors and special effects, and the observatory housed a 12.5" Newtonian and 10" Maksutov telescopes. Local students were trained to present programs for school groups in the planetarium and museum. In 1972, Herrett forged an agreement with the College of Southern Idaho to transfer his collections to the College in exchange for the construction of a building on the campus to house them. The Herrett Center museum opened on the CSI campus in 1980, shortly after Herrett's death. The facility featured anthropology galleries and an art gallery.[3] Expansions in 1995 and 2003-4 included additional gallery space, the Faulkner Planetarium, new artifact storage space, the Rick Allen multi-purpose room, and the Centennial Observatory.


  1. ^ Robert D. Lassen, Dissertation, Texas A & M University, December, 2005, "A Comparison of Clovis Caches", accessed 16 June 2011
  2. ^ David D. Gillette and David B. Madsen, Journal of Paleontology, July, 1993, "The Columbian mammoth, Mammuthus columbi, from the Wasatch Mountains of central Utah", accessed 16 June 2011
  3. ^ Chris Anderson, "Norman Herrett's Astronomy Legacy" accessed 16 June 2011

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